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article imageNew ship on its way to break Gaza blockade

By Christopher Szabo     Jun 2, 2010 in World
Dublin - Another ship, the cargo vessel Rachel Corrie, is on its way to confront the Israeli blockade on Gaza. If the ship is boarded by soldiers, the passengers have been instructed to sit down on the deck with palms facing up to show they carry no weapons.
The Free Gaza Movement’s organiser, Greta Berlin, said the ship was waiting for a small passenger boat which had problems with its steering equipment, according to the Irish Times.
The two vessels began their voyage in Ireland and among those on board are Nobel Prize Laureate Mairead Maguire and a former UN assistant secretary general Denis Halliday. Berlin said more activists and journalists were to join the ship. She said: “Israel can haul the Rachel Corrie into Ashdod as it did the other boats or show goodwill to the world by allowing her to proceed to Gaza.”
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) reported that all those held by Israeli forces have been released, including local radio station reporter Gadija Davids. Al Jazeera reports that some 700 activists have been deported from Israel.
Meanwhile, Defenceweb examined the errors made by the Israeli authorities in stopping the previous six vessels bound for Gaza. After pointing out the fact that the marine commando’s paintball guns were ineffective in helping the Israeli naval units gain control of the vessel, the military analysis website quoted an unnamed Israeli marine lieutenant who said:
"We as a unit are studying, and we will carry out professional investigations to reach conclusions, and we will also be ready for the Rachel Corrie.”
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